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Evento: 'Palestra Profa. Carolyn Seaman/UMBC-USA'

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Data: Monday, November 09, 2009 At 11:00
Duração: 2 Horas

Palestra Profa. Carolyn Seaman/UMBC-USA

O Grupo de Engenharia de Software Experimental da linha de ES do PESC, convida para a palestra que será apresentada pela Profa. Carolyn Seaman (http://userpages.umbc.edu/~cseaman/), University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Information Systems, na segunda-feira (9/11), as 11:00 hrs, na sala H-318-b do Programa de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computação da COPPE/UFRJ.

Detalhes da palestra e um curriculo resumido da Profa. Seaman seguem abaixo.

UNDERSTANDING ACCEPTANCE OF SOFTWARE METRICS – A DEVELOPER PERSPECTIVE

Software metrics are widely used by software organizations to help manage projects, improve product quality and increase efficiency of the software development process. However, metrics programs tend to have a high failure rate in organizations, and developer pushback is one of the common causes of failure. Metrics are often not welcomed by developers for a variety of reasons including the fear that metrics will be used to monitor performance, distrust of the metrics process and a lack of belief that metrics will be useful. This research study had two objectives – to identify factors affecting acceptance of software metrics in organizations, and to evaluate the usefulness of our approach in explaining acceptance of a metrics program in an organizational context. To address these objectives, we created a diagnostic survey tool called the Metrics Acceptance Model (MAM) that gathers opinions and attitudes about the metrics program directly from developers. We applied our survey to samples of metrics practitioners, and learned that two factors: metrics usefulness and attitude towards metrics were consistently significantly related to the motivation to collect metrics
data. Further, we conducted a case study to evaluate the usefulness of the MAM survey Tool in practice. Our results show that the MAM can be an effective diagnostic tool both at an organizational and project level to identify potential impediments in metrics programs, and that it provides insight that managers did not already have. Our research highlights the importance of the developer perspective in a software metrics initiative with emphasis on issues such as fear of adverse consequences,managerial influence, and perceived capability of contributing to metrics.

Dr. Seaman is an Associate Professor at UMBC in Baltimore and a Scientist at the Fraunhofer Center, Maryland. Her research emphasizes software measurement, maintenance, communication, and qualitative research methods.

She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Georgia Tech, and the College of Wooster (Ohio).

She has worked in the software industry as a software engineer and consultant, and has conducted most of her research in industrial and governmental settings.


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